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Hop on the Bus for Some Beatles and Beer


Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney

Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney

The San Antonio Symphony’s going British with its next pop concert, set for May 10-11. Live and Let Die – A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney features music of the beloved singer-songwriter as performed by former Beatlemania front man Tony Kishman with the pops orchestra.

Those who go to the show on Saturday night can add a sense of fun to their evening by hopping on one of the Lion and Rose’s double-decker buses, which will be offering snacks and Saint Arnold’s beer before the music begins, all as a part of the symphony’s Club Coda.

One bus will leave from Lion and Rose’s Stone Oak location, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., at 5:30 p.m., while another takes off from the Alamo Heights pub, 5148 Broadway, at 6 p.m. Both will be headed to the North Park restaurant, 842 N.W. Loop 410 where appetizers and a cash bar will be offered. At about 7:30 p.m., the buses then leave for the concert at Laurie Auditorium. The buses will return to their originating point after the show.

A Lion and Rose Double Decker

A Lion and Rose Double Decker

Tickets for the evening are $50, which includes a ticket for the concert, the bus trip to and from the show, beer on the bus and appetizers. If you already have a ticket to the concert, you can add the bus trip, beers and appetizers for $25. Concert attire of evening cocktail dresses or suits is suggested.

Of course, you can also expect to hear plenty of McCartney music, whether it was his work with the Beatles or with Wings. Some of the songs include “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” “Yesterday,” “My Love,” “Uncle Albert,” “Let It Be,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Hello Good-Bye,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Get Back,” “Silly Love Songs” and “Live and Let Die.”

For more information or reservations, click here.

 

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Beer of the Week: Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale

There are some weeks when nothing but the best will do. When you get  in that frame of mind and you want a brown ale, then reach for Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale. It’s that good.

This British beer from Tadcaster in North Yorkshire has long been a favorite, but I hadn’t tried it for awhile  until recently. The first was so good I couldn’t resist having a second.

The first thing you notice as you pour it into you pint glass is that the color is a little browner than you might except, with the beer giving off more of a tea color than the hints of deep reddish-brown you might have expected. The head certainly rises, a healthy two or three fingers deep and only dissipates slightly in the glass over time.

As the name makes plain, a nutty aroma arises from the beer (think just-roasted hazelnuts), and it is matched by a sweet toffee or caramel scent mixed with yeast.

You’ll pick up on flavors of each of those foods, but this beer doesn’t stop there. There’s a touch of citrus, some roasted malt and a even a hint of something peaty, like scotch, before you notice the great schemes of balance and contrast the brewer seems to having fun with. The nuts and caramel are perfect complements, making you think of an adult candy, while the sweet is met full on by the bitter elements, down to the finish. Complex, rewarding and ultimately refreshing.

This is the kind of brew that loves beef. At the Lion and Rose, that could mean anything from Sidekick Sliders, any of the pub burgers, the sirloin steak sandwich or the Roast Beast with its cheddar and horseradish.

Grab yourself a four-pack and treat yourself to a complex ale that will make the rest of the week fade into a welcome glass of hazelnut and caramel richness.

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Mom Wants a Day Off: You Can Make the Reservations


Mother’s Day is coming, and one way to tell her how much you love her is to treat her to a brunch, lunch or dinner that she doesn’t have to cook or clean up after. Here are some of the options available in a broad array of food styles and price ranges.

Reservations are required, so plan ahead. Prices do not include tax and tip.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt,600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — The Mother’s Day Buffet is 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $42 a person. It features a sushi station; a salad station with Shrimp Salpicon, Chile Jicama and Cucumber Salad, Caprese Salad and Seasonal Fruit Salad; Chef Carved Meats including Herb and Mustard Crusted Strip Loin and House Smoked Berkshire Pork Loin; Wild Mushroom Bisque; Lomo Salteado; Pollo Verde with Charred Tomatillo Sauce; Margarita Pan-Seared Red Fish; Arroz Con Gandules; Roasted Garlic-Ginger Mashed Potatoes; Seasonal Baby Vegetables; Sesame Asparagus; a Custom Egg Station and Seasonal Pastries and Cakes Prepared by Chef Daniel.

Aldaco’s, 20079 Stone Oak Pkwy., (210) 494-0561 — The restaurant will open at 10 a.m. May 13 and is accepting reservations for its brunch, which features everything from breakfast chile rellenos to a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Aldaco’s at Sunset Station, 100 Hoefgen St., (210) 222-0561 — The Mom’s Saturday Brunch is May 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items on the Specialty Spring Brunch Menu: Eggs Benedict ($11.50) with homemade hollandaise, grilled ham, grilled asparagus; fresh fruit or home fries; custom waffle or shortstack pancakes ($9.50) with your choice of plain, blueberry, chocolate chip, banana or bacon; Custom Omelet ($8.50) with your choice of fillings: onions, bell peppers, roasted vegetables, ham, tomatoes, bacon and cheese; Big Country Breakfast ($10.50) with split biscuit with cream gravy, two eggs any style, bacon, sausage and home fries; Roasted Vegetable Fritatta ($10.50); Big bowl of oatmeal ($6.50) with your choice of Cinnamon Apple n’ Raisin with Brown Sugar or Mixed Berries and Cream; and the following kids choices ($5): Bowl of cereal and fresh fruit or silver dollar pancakes or waffles.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 — Easter brunch hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m.The buffet will include appetizers, salads and desserts, while one entree is chosen from the menu. Entree options include: Maine Lobster omelet, Organic egg Benedict with Serrano ham and chive hollandaise, cocoa nib waffles with caramelized bananas, seared natural scallops with chilled carrot and crème fraiche dill vichyssoise, fine herb baked red American snapper, roasted leg of lamb, pepper roasted rib-eye of beef with blue cheese mashers, and jasmine tea smoked duck.. The selection of desserts: Carrot cake, cream cheese icing and candied carrots; Fresh blueberry baby tarts; Eclairs, Tiramisu, Texmati rice pudding; Torta Divina; and Sparkling strawberry fruit soup. There will also be kids’ desserts. The prices are $54 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12.

Bin  555, 555 W. Bitters, (210) 496-0555 — Brunch hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Start with a choice of appetizer: Caesar Salad with Romaine Hearts, Grilled Red Onion and Parmigiano Reggiano; Creamy Lobster Bisque with Smoked Butternut Squash and Chives; Poached Egg with Summer Squash, Crispy Pancetta and Sweet Onions; or “Toast, Ham, Jam and Fruit.” Entree choices: Baked Crepe with Wild Mushroom Cream, Caramelized Onion and Spring Asparagus; Scrambled Eggs, Heirloom Tomatoes, Crispy Pork Belly and Arugula; Pan Roasted Salmon with Smoked Potato, English Peas, Radish and Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc; or Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Spring Vegetable Friscasse and Guinness Bordelaise ($5 Supplement). After Wood Oven Baked Brie with Spanish Torta, Dried Cherry Jam and Celery Hearts, choose a dessert: Nutella and Dark Chocolate “Soufflé” Cake with Raspberry, Smoked Pistachio and Hazelnut; Banana Pudding with Peanut Butter Mousse, Mascarpone Chantilly, Caramel and Nilla Nougat; or “Berries and Cream.” Cost is $29.95 a Person. An $11 children’s menu is available. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks. Dinner hours with the regular menu begin at 4 p.m.

The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St., (210) 225-6366 — Mother’s Day hours are 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. On the menu: Fresh Fruit Salad, Vanilla Yogurt, Granola, Oatmeal, Brown Sugar, Raisins, Milk; Assorted Bread, Muffins, Croissants, Butter & Cream Cheese Spread; Assorted Cheese Display,  Crudités, Ceviche, Deviled Eggs, Chilled Shrimp and Orzo Salad, Crabmeat Salad, House and Caesar Salad. Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon, Breakfast Potatoes, Biscuits & Gravy, Seasonal Quiche; Selections of Seasonal Poultry, Fish/Crab Cakes, Vegetables and Wild Rice, Selection of Pasta, Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions, Meatball Marinara, Garlic Bread. Other brunch features are an omelet station with traditional fillings, a waffle station with assorted toppings. Also, Beef Roast, Au Jus, Horseradish Cream. Children can order their own personal Chicken Tenders with French Fries. For dessert: Assorted Cakes, Brownies, Fruit Pies, Bread Pudding with Jack Daniel Sauce, Chocolate Mousse. Visit the website. Prices are $28.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors (age 65 and up), $12.95 for children ages 6-12, $7.95 for children ages 3-5, and free for children 2 and under. Coffee, teas, orange juice, a glass of champagne or a mimosa are included in the buffet price.

The County Line, 10101 I-10 W., (210) 641-1998 — Mother’s Day is being celebrated May 11-13 with a few words of advice for the barbecue lover: “We’ll do all the work. You take all the credit.”

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach, (210) 821-5600 — Crumpets is offering three special menus for Mother’s Day. The first is on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On May 13, the brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the following specials: Appetizers: Puff Pastry with White Wine Mushroom Sauce, Scottish Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese and Mousse Truffle Pate. Entrées: Eggs Benedict ($29.50), Chicken Breast With Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Shrimp Salad On Avocado ($29.50), Veal Scaloppini with Mushroom Cognac Sauce ($36.50), Fresh Rainbow Trout Amandine ($36.50), Tenderloin of Beef With Bordeaux Mushroom Sauce ($36.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise Over Wild Rice Blend ($36.50) and Trilogy of Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce, Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter and Rack of Lamb Provençal ($49.50). Children’s menu for kids under 10 is Ricotta Tortellini or Chicken Breast ($10.50). A special menu for dinner will be 5:30-11 p.m. May 12 and 5-9 p.m. May 13. For the full menus, click here.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 255 E. Basse Road, (210) 824-9463 — Mother’s Day brunch is 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and includes a special three-course menu with the following entiree choices: Filet Mignon Benedict, New Orleans Style French Toast, Fleming’s Frittata, Steakhouse Filet Mignon Cobb or Prime Rib. Cost is $34.95 for adults. The children’s brunch menu costs $16.95. Each mother will receive a $25 gift card for a future visit to Fleming’s.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Mother’s Day lunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Appetizer options include: Cold Avocado and Roasted Poblano Soup  ($8), Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Meat , ($10), Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Mini Bagel  ($9), Escargots with Spanish Chorizo, Garlic Butter Shiitake Mushrooms  ($10) and Crab Cake and Spring Mixed with a Remoulade Sauce ($11). Main courses:  Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($18), Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce ($22), Veal Piccatta with Mushroom Marsala Wine Sauce  ($23), Lamb Chops with Garlic Fresh Thyme White Wine Sauce ($25), Sea Scallops and Shrimp Provenςale Sauce  ($21), Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Shrimps and Bearnaise Sauce ($31), Pork Chop with Apple and Calvados Brandy Sauce ($20), and Fresh Alaskan Halibut Veronique Sauce ($26). A children’s menu is also available.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort,9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 767-7999: Brunch in the Hill Country Ballroom will be 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Brisket hash with poached egg, rosemary brown sugar bacon, country sausage links, cheese blintz with orange marmalade, personalized omelets, pancakes and waffles, fresh shucked oysters, oak-smoked mussels and bay scallops, iced shrimp and roasted chili cocktail, oak-smoked salmon with cucumber dill sauce, molasses-brined pork loin, chimichurri grilled flank steak, house-smoked turkey with dried fruit chutney, orzo “mac n cheese” and build-your-own pasta and gnocchi, salads, desserts, and a kids’ corner fill out the buffets. Prices: Adults, $49.95; Seniors, $39.95; children ages 5-12, $23; and children 4 and under, free.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, 123 N. Loop 1604 E., (210) 404-2221 — Special Mother’s Day hours will be 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. with the full menu plus special lunch and dinner plates.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St. is offering extended hours for the Champagne Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13. Some of the items on the buffet include: Farm Fresh Eggs and Omelet’s Made to Order, Cider Cured Bacon and Sausages, Skillet Potatoes, Bananas Foster over Pearl Sugar Belgian Style Waffles, Nutella Stuffed Texas French Toast with Local Orchard Spiced Syrups, Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits with House Made Country Gravy, Quiche, Savory Tart of Vodka Cured Salmon, Eggs Benedict with Crabmeat, Chilaquiles, Colossal Chilled Shrimp, Cocktail Crab Claws and Lobster Tails, Mini Lobster Rolls, Color Burst Farm Heirloom Tomato Salad, Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad, La Chinata Smoked Paprika Deviled Eggs, Togorashi Seared Tuna, European Cured and Sliced Meats, Artisan Farmer and International Cheeses, Blackened Texas Red Fish, Berkshire Pork Loin Stuffed With House Chorizo, Ricotta Tortellini with Wild Mushrooms, Chef Carved Smoked Prime Rib of Beef, Guajillo and Garlic Grilled Shrimp, Halibut Paillard and an array of desserts: Red Velvet Cake, Classic Carrot Cake, Chocolate Opera Torte with Hazelnuts and Coffee Buttercream, Mini Cookies, French Macaroons, Truffles and Pralines, Blueberry White Chocolate Panna Cotta, Raspberry Mousse Bombes, Triple Chocolate Mousse Tarts, Lemonberry Swiss Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Macaroons and Espresso Cream Puffs. The cost is $69.95 per person and $29.95 for children, 6 – 12 years of age. In addition, the regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 6 p.m. Reservations required.For more information or to make a reservation, call Las Canarias at 210-518-1063.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The brunch will include such options as Eggs Benedict, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast, a Breakfast Burger and more. The Westlakes location will feature bagpipe players at 1 p.m.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Luce has a special menu for Mother’s Day and an a la carte menu. Hours are noon-4 p.m. The special menu features three courses for $29.95. Start with choice of Zuppa di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque), Caesar Salad or Caprese (Tomato Slices and Fresh Mozzarella di Latte, Basil and Olive Oil). Main course choices: Ravioli di Aragosta (Lobster filled Ravioli, Tomato Basil Cream Sauce, Maine Lobster Meat), Agnello Scottadito (Parsley and Garlic Brined Australian Lamb Chops, Gorgonzola Gnocchi, Toasted Garlic Vegetables, Texas “Pesto”) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto, Toasted Garlic, Vegetables). Dessert choices: Spumoni, Tiramisu, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., 210-227-5853 – A three-course prix-fixe menu will be offered with seatings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Lüke’s upstairs private dining space overlooking the River Walk. Menu includes heirloom tomato salad, local lamb shoulder and leg and cornbread pudding. Cost is $45 per person and includes a glass of Champagne for all adults and a rose for mom. Children may order from Lüke’s children’s menu. The lamb special will also be available in Lüke’s main dining room. Visit lukesanantonio.com for more information.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Rd., Suite 101, 210-444-9547 — Max’s Mother’s Day brunch is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with the regular menu and the following specials: Chef’s Devilish Angel Eggs ($8), Potato Encased Salmon Filet ($19), Madame Le Trois Sando (triple layered New World Bakery sourdough bread with ham, brie & mustard aioli, bacon, white cheddar, garlic aioli, Farm Sunny eggs, Gruyere, and truffle aioli ($15) and Homemade Cinnamon Rolls ($8).

The Melting Pot, 14855 Blanco Road, #110, (210)-479-6358 — The special Mother’s Day four-course menu begins with a choice of: Bacon and Jalapeno Swiss, Gruyere and Emmenthaler Swiss cheeses, blended with jalapeno, and Nueske’s Bacon pieces or Loaded Baked Potato Cheese Fondue, followed by Southwestern Cobb Salad. The third course can be cooked in any of our four cooking styles and includes Filet Mignon, Peppercorn NY Strip, Key West Shrimp, Honey Dijon Chicken, Blackened Mahi Mahi, and Chicken and Vegetable Pot Stickers. Dessert is chocolate fondue. Cost is $40 a person. There is also a Little Angels Plate for children under 12 for $16.

Mike’s in the Village,2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Mothers Day Brunch will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices: adults $39.50; kids age 5-12, $15.50. Features include an omelet station, carved to order Creole Seasoned Rib Eye, Herbed Roasted Turkey Breast, Roasted Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce, Spinach and Smoked Bacon Quiche, Rosemary and Garlic New Potatoes, Orzo Pasta, Glazed Baby Carrots, Smothered Green Beans, Garden Salad, Tropical Fruit Salad and White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce. Moms can have a complimentary glass of wine or mimosa. Freshly ground coffee, hot teas, iced tea, apple or orange juice and sodas are included. Mimosas: $2.50.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 228-0700 —The Mother’s Day special is a multi-course meal for $59 a person. Start with a choice of Lobster Bisque, Ahi Tuna Tower, Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Caesar Salad, Morton’s Salad or Chopped Spinach Salad. Follow that with choice of 6 oz. Center-Cut Filet Mignon served with Steamed Asparagus Spears,Honey-Chili Glazed Salmon Fillet with Vegetable Relish or Chicken Bianco with Artichokes, Capers & White Wine Sauce. Dessert choices are Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee, Double Chocolate Mousse or Individual Souffle. The regular menu is also available.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031; 136 N. Castell, New Braunfels, (830) 624-1024 — Mother’s Day hours are noon-8 p.m. with the full menu available at both locations.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — Brunch hours on Mother’s Day are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast items: omelets made to order, Texas blueberry pancakes, applewood smoked bacon and Frenso pepper and aged cheddar biscuits. Main dishes: Achiote honey rubbed pit-style ham, hickory smoked prime rib, herb-seared Scottish salmon, coriander mustard smeared pork loin. Salads, vegetables and desserts are also featured. Prices: $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children.

Ostra, 212 W. Crockett St. regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours on Sunday, May 13. Featured specials will be offered during dinner service only beginning at 5:30 pm. Reservations are highly recommended. Call Ostra at 210-396-5817.

Paloma Blanca, 5800 Broadway, (210) 822-6151 — Chefs Dimas Reyes and Adelfa de la Rosa are offering a buffet with two live stations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: adults, $19.95; children ages 5-12, $9.95. There will be a quesadill and tlacoyos state and a taqueria station plus the following bullet items: Tostadas Coyocan, ceviche, Chilaquiles Verdes with Pollo, Miniature Moyetes, Pan Dulce del Dia (sweet bread), Scrambled Eggs, Papitas Fritas, Black Refried Beans, Isabella’s Pancakes (for children only), fruit cocktail, pork ribs,   Tilapia Yolanda,  Chile Relleno a la Crema, Pollo en Mole Negro, tamales and desserts.   Aguas frescas and iced tea included.   A flower for all mothers.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., (210) 362-6325 — The Mother’s Day buffet will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features include a grand salad display; hand-carved roasted meats including prime rib, apricot-glazed pork loin and tamarind-glazed salmon; breakfast items including made-to-order omelets, pancakes, poached eggs, brisket hash, bacon, sausage and breakfast potatoes; and a dessert display. Cost is $42 a person. Champagne and parking included.

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 479-9700 — Roaring Fork will feature a special Mother’s Day Brunch from executive chef Matt Inouye from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Romo’s Cafe, 7627 Culebra Road, (210) 521-7666 — Romo’s will be offering brunch on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with its regular menu plus blackboard specials on Saturday. The chef promises a selection of handcrafted and unique recipes for the occasion as well as a variety of mimosas and a three-course prix fixe option with a complimentary rose for Mom.

Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard, 25195 Mathis Road, Elmendorf, (210) 621-0044 — Treat Mom to lunch Saturday, May 12, in the beauty of the olive trees at Sandy Oaks. A free tour is at 11 a.m. followed by lunch from noon to 3 p.m. On the menu: Bone-in chicken breast stuffed with Boursin and spinach with olive pan jus and whipped potatoes ($10) or, for the kids, a mini-cheeseburger with Sandy Oaks home fries and sweet pickles ($8). Dessert is Sandy Oaks’ Famous Olive Oil Pound Cake with Macerated Texas Peaches and Chantilly Cream ($4).

Tejas Steakhouse and Saloon, 401 Obst Road, (830) 980-2205 — On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The brunch options will include Eggs Benedict (traditional or Southwestern style) ($9), Biscuits and Gravy with sausage ($8), One Eyed Cowboy (fried egg over chicken-fried steak) ($11), and Lost Bread (Tejas homemade French toast) ($8). Add eggs, scrambled or fried, for $1.75.

Texas de Brazil, 313 E. Houston St., (210) 299-1600 — The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. on Mother’s Day with its full array of meats brought to the table. Complimentary dessert and non-alcoholic drinks for Mom, plus she gets a chance to enter a drawing for a $200 spa gift card.

Texas  Roadhouse, various locations — Texas Roadhouse is celebrating Mother’s Day May 10-13 by collecting entries from moms for a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Dove Mountain, Ariz.

Tost BistroBar, 14415 Blanco Road, (210) 408-2670 — Service is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a three-course special. Starter choices: Pork Belly and Waffle (Maple Glazed Pork Belly on bacon waffle with maple citrus crème fraiche and fresh apples), grilled frisee and crab salad; or Chilled Corn and Chile Soup with avocado creme fraiche. Entree choices: Pan-seared Snapper with peas and carrot hash, cauliflowers puree and caramelized leek tapenade; Pan-roasted Filet with parsnip masher, asparagus and blue cheese béarnaise; or Crawfish Benedict poached egg on top of a crawfish cake served with asparagus, corn and potato hash with blue cheese béarnaise. Dessert choices: watermelon sherbet or Fresh Strawberry Shortbread with Cracked pepper and strawberry balsamic glaze. Cost is $29 a person.

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — A five-course special will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Begin with antipasti, followed by your choice of appetizer: Mixed Field Greens with Shaved Sweet Onion, Goat Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette; Slow Roasted “Caprese Salad” with House pulled Mozzarella and Basil Two Ways; “Minestrone”; or Warm Butter Poached Shrimp with Pickled Spring “Escabeche,” Israeli Cous Cous and Saffron Aioli. Entrees include Lump Crab Crespelle with Espellete Cream and Crispy Parsnips; Grilled Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde and Brussels Sprout Hash; Petite Tuscan Marinated Ribeye with Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Heirloom Tomato Relish ($7 supplement); House Spaghetti with Bolognese; or Slow Braised Chicken Thighs with Polenta, San Marzano and Gaeta Olives. After a cheese course, choose from the following desserts: Nutella x 3 or Ricotta Cake with Orange and Mint. Cost is $35.95 a person. An $11 children’s menu is available. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks. Regular dinner menu available after 4 p.m.

Tre Trattoria, Fairmount Hotel, 401 S. Alamo St., (210) 223-0401 — Brunch hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After antipasti, choose from the following appetizers: Mixed Field Greens with Goat Cheese, Pistachios and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette; Slow Roasted “Caprese Salad” with House Pulled Mozzarella and Basil Two Ways; Chilled English Pea Bisque with Crispy Prosciutto and Charred Spring Onion; or Steamed Farm Fresh Egg with Asparagus, Radish, Tarragon, Toasted English Muffin. Entree choices: Duck Confit and Sweet Corn Crespelle with Parmesan Crema and Garlic Breadcrumbs; Pan Roasted Salmon, Braised Cannellini Bean Ragu, Rhubarb Agrodolce; Petite Tuscan Marinated Ribeye with Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Smoky Salsa Rossa ($7 Supplement); House Tagliatelle, Roasted Oyster Mushrooms, Thyme and Pecorino; or Slow Braised Chicken Thighs with San Marzano Pepperonata and Gnocci Sardi. After a cheese course, choose from Nutella x 3 or Ricotta Cake with Orange and Mint. Cost is $37.95 a person. An $11 children’s menu is available. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks. Regular dinner menu available after 4 p.m.

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N., (210) 688-2686 — On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will open an hour early – at 10 a.m. – to serve up such dishes as home-style pancakes, house-cured bacon, and made from scratch muffins.

Wildfish Seafood Grille, 1834 N. Loop 1604 W., celebrates the Mother’s Day holiday with a special meal from executive chef Eddie Djilali. Hours are 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.  The menu will be served a la carte with selections including: Crispy Cashew Calamari served with fine cut vegetables, red chile, ginger and soy; Tartare of Pacific Ahi with Sliced Avocado, Citrus Fruits, and Sesame Lavoche; Lemon Sole in a Parmesan Crust sautéed with Plum Tomato-Herb Salad and Lemon-Garlic Butter Sauce; Filet of Atlantic Salmon lightly Smoked with Bok Choy, and Chinese Vinaigrette;Georges Bank Scallops sautéed with Citrus Fruit, Roasted Macadamias, and Brown Butter; 8 ounce Center Cut Filet Mignon. For reservations for Mother’s Day at Wildfish Seafood Grille please call 210-493-1600 or visit the website.
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, (210) 690-3334 – Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New brunch items include Stuffed French Toast with raspberry cream cheese and the Good Morning Torta prepared with ham, poblano rajas, griddled eggs and Jack cheese. Z’s Weekend Fun Bar featuring build-your-own Bloody Marys and Mimosas for $4 will also be available. During brunch, Z’Tejas staff will take and print complimentary keepsake photos, and all moms will receive a free dessert. For more information, visit ztejas.com.

John Griffin contributed to this report.

Restaurateurs, if you want to be included in our lists, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.


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Beer of the Week: Five for Fiesta


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, Fiesta is not just a party for one day. It’s a party that tests endurance as well as wallet, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, here are five beers that won’t tax your wallet. They also taste great without taxing your attention too much. Plus, some of them are light enough to enjoy if the temperatures get hot, which they have been known to do this time of year.

As always, remember to drink responsibly, during Fiesta and any time. Have a designated driver or call a cab if you’ve had to much, whether it’s at a friend’s house or NIOSA.

Red Stripe — This Jamaican beer adds life to the party. It’s a great sipper and it’s perfect with street food, such as overstuffed gorditas sizzling hot out of the fryer.

Real Ale Firemens #4 Blonde Ale — This local favorite would work with pretty much any dish you might set out. Or you could just enjoy a few by themselves. Your mouth will enjoy the treat.

Harp Lager — Good ol’ fried food, whether it’s chicken on a stick like they serve at the Oyster Bake, fried mushrooms or calf fries, goes down much easier with a clean, cold brew. Simple yet full of flavor, Harp fills the bill.

Pilsner Urquell — Add a little Czech touch with this brew from the town where pilsners originated. One sip will make you want to enjoy many more.

Dogfish 60 Minute IPA — Grilling up some sizzling anticuchos at your home to share with friends? Or a ceviche with plenty of serrano to give it an extra kick? Then reach for this hoppy treat, with a pleasant bitterness that stands up to the heat.

 

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Beer of the Week: Blanche de Bruxelles


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Blanche de Bruxelles

It’s a good thing Carly Simon wasn’t a Blanche de Bruxelles drinker back when she wrote “You’re So Vain,” or we might all have been singing, “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my beer.”

There certainly are clouds in this beer, clouds of yeast that swirl around with each sip.

The unfiltered brew from Belgium, a white or weiss beer (or “Witteke,” according to the beer’s website), can be had on tap at the Lion and Rose or you might be able to find it in the bottle. I had a pint with dinner the other night. When the glass arrived at the table, the head had already settled into a nice lace at the top, which also boasted a slice of lemon.

That spritz of lemon added to the lively orange peel and coriander aromas mixed with wheat and a touch of hops and a faint sense of clove.

The hoppy element becomes more prominent on the palate, as a bitterness with a twinge of freshly mown grass is evident, along with the same notes of orange, spice and wheat. Nothing is particularly strong, everything seems to work together in harmony as it slides down easily to a clean, dry finish.

In other words, waitress, bring another.

If you want to pair this with food, think of dishes as light as the beer. At the Lion and Rose, bangers and mash would work well, with the nutmeg of the sausages sidling up nicely to that hint of clove. Begger’s Pouches, pasta with four types of cheese, would also be perfect, as would the King William’s Turkey BLT or the Vegetarian Pita.

Whatever you choose, be sure to welcome the clouds in your beer. You’ll love the rustic texture that comes with the flavor.

 

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Beer of the Week: Five Beers That Go with Ham


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

What's on tap for Easter?

Sunday is Easter, and hams are practically flying out of the supermarket. So, many possibilities await home cooks. You could dress it up sweet with a honey glaze or brown sugar. You could go savory with mustard and spices. You could go salty with a country ham or smoke it until it boasts a great hickory or pecan flavor.

All these possibilities mean a host of possibilities for the beer that you want to go with dinner.

Here are five brews we have featured in the past and reasons why each would go with that centerpiece.

Franziskaner Weissbier: This German beauty is great with ham and other light foods. Notes of clove and coriander on both the nose and in the flavor make it a great companion to the old-fashioned but ever-welcome style of covering your ham with pineapple slices adhered with cloves. My mom used to make ham like that, and it’s still a crowd-pleaser.

Lindemans Pomme Lambic: Pork and apples are natural companions, so why not try an apple-flavored brew with ham of any style? Lindemans’ lineup of lambic is a great choice if you want to serve people who think they don’t like beer.

Smithwick’s: This Irish ale is rich and fruity with a pleasant touch of bitterness, just right if you’re going with a smoky ham or even with grilled ham steaks. It also will like your mashed potatoes and most all of your side dishes.

Real Ale Firemans #4 Blonde Ale: This local brew night not be the best match with a ham that’s been heavily sweetened, but it’s versatile enough to go with just about every other style, from country ham to one rubbed in a mustard sauce. It’s also coolly refreshing if you’re having a picnic in the heat.

Bard’s Sorghum Malt Beer: This is a great addition if any of your guests are avoiding gluten, but it’s also a fine enough brew to hold its own against a honey-glazed ham.

Happy Easter!

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Beer of the Week: Pilsner Urquell


Pilsner Urquell

I remember visiting the town of Pilsen, or Plzen, in the Czech Republic about 20 years ago. My sister and brother-in-law had taken me to Prague and we drove through on our way back to their home in Germany. There wasn’t time to tour the beer museum there, but there was time to have a cool, refreshing stein of Pilsner Urquell.

This is the beer that is the standard of all pilsners, and it’s a beauty.

Pour it into a tall, thin glass and enjoy the luscious yellow color that suggests straw in the summer. The head builds but settles so quickly it’s fairly negligible.

The nose is filled with yeast with some grassy, floral hops underneath.

Your first sip is filled with malt and yeast. It’s only on a second sip that you get a hint of sweetness —lemon and honey, maybe — as well as bitter hops and a touch of straw to match the color. The finish is clean and slightly bitter, drawing you back for more.

It’s not terribly complicated. It’s more about pure liquid refreshment. And in that, Pilsner Urquell delivers.

It also goods great with food. At the Lion and Rose, think fried for some fun match-ups. Try Chips and Petals (fried potato coins and onions), Limerick Fries (fried green beans) or Bloke’s Mushrooms. The Fish, Feather and Shell (fried fish, chicken strip and shrimp) would work just fine, but so would a pairing with a salad or even Parmesan-crusted Tilapia. Just forget about the dessert; it’s a little too bitter for sweets.

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It’s Almost Easter. Time to Get Your Bonnet and Your Brunch Reservations.


The Easter Bunny is coming, and he’s bringing plenty of wonderful treats for your special holiday meal. Here are a few choices that await you, in various price ranges.

Prices do not include tax and tip. Reservations are required.

Achiote at the Grand Hyatt, 600 E. Market St., (210) 451-6171 — The Easter buffet is from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features include a sushi station and a salad station plus the following chef-carved meats: Slow Smoked Prime Rib and Bone-In Ham. Entrees include Chicken Habanero Cassoulet, Roasted Loin of Pork with Ancho Ginger Glaze, Tomatillo Hominy Pozole Verde, Pan Seared Salmon with Cactus Tequila Ginger Butter Sauce, Valencia Seafood Paella, Tri-Color Potato Medley, Baby Seasonal Vegetables and Sesame Asparagus. A custom egg station, an array of traditional breads and desserts round out the meal. Cost is $42 for adults and $21 for children ages 4-12.

Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s St., (210) 225-0722 —Easter brunch hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m.The buffet will include appetizers, salads and desserts, while one entree is chosen from the menu. Entree options include: Maine Lobster omelet, poblano rajas, caramelized onion stuffed “Biga” potato, asparagus, avocado, guajillo salsa; Organic Egg Benedict, dill muffin, baby greens, Country bacon, red Hollandaise; Sautéed East Coast flounder, heirloom tomatoes and fennel, sherry brown butter; Roasted ribeye of beef, baked potato gnocchi, broccolini, black pepper beef sauce; Duck confit and mushroom risotto, Frisee, truffled duck jus; Zucchini burger, Fennel seed bun, heirloom tomato, lettuce, grilled onion, basil aioli and root vegetable chips. The selection of desserts: Carrot cake, cream cheese icing and candied carrots; Fresh blueberry baby tarts; Eclairs, Tiramisu, Texmati rice pudding; Torta Divina; and Sparkling strawberry fruit soup. There will also be kids desserts. The prices are $54 for adults and $27.50 for children under 12.

Bin 555,555 W. Bitters Road, (210) 496-0555 — The Easter brunch hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Begin with an apertif Cava Rose and Blood Orange Mimosa ($10). The four-course special begins with choice of appetizer: Mixed Field Greens with Candied Pecans, Texas Goat Cheese and Champagne Vinaigrette; Lobster Bisque with Chives and Smoked Butternut Squash; Sous Vide Farm Egg with Spring Vegetable Ragout and ecorino Romano “Frico”; and Buttermilk Biscuits with Shaved Serrano Ham and Strawberry Jam. Entree choices: Duck Confit with Thai Red Curry, Coconut Foam, “Cracklins” and Basil; Heirloom Tomato, Avocado and Steamed Eggs with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Black Pepper; Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cous Cous, Orange-Carrot Puree, Miso and Charred Cumin; and Sous Vide of Beef Tenderloin Petite Filet with Caramalized Onion Puree, Blue Cheese Spoonbread, Roasted Leeks and Buerre Rouge ($5 Additional Supplement for Filet). After a cheese plate served family style, choose from Nutella and Dark Chocolate “Soufflé” Cake with Hazelnut, Raspberry and Smoked Pistachio; Strawberries with Mascarpone, Basil and Black Pepper; or Passion Fruit “Cheesecake” with Candied Lemon, “Blondies”, Blueberry and Pink Peppercorn. Cost is $29.95 a person or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta St., (210) 225-6366 — Easter Brunch will be from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meal will include: Breakfast Buffet with Omelets-to-Order Station, Waffle Station with Maple Syrup, Strawberry Compote and Chantilly Cream. Traditional Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise, Smoked Bacon and Maple Sausage, Home-baked Biscuits and Gravy, Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Breads, Butter and Preserves. Spring Favorites: Trimmings for a Classic Caesar Salad and Bright Shawl House Salad. Chef’s Carving Table: Slow-Roasted Pineapple Glazed Ham. Entrée Favorites: Fried Southern Style Chicken, Lemon-Pepper Fish, Yellow Fluffy Rice, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Steamed Broccoli Spears. Grand Dessert Buffet features Cakes, Tarts, and Petit Fours plus Fresh Easter Bunny Cookies and Brownies. Prices are $19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 6-12, and $14.95 for senior citizens. Coffee and tea are included in the buffet price.

Crumpets, 3920 Harry Wurzbach Road, (210) 821-5600 — Easter hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Menu specials include Breast of Chicken with Champagne Sauce ($29.50), Fresh Salmon Filet with Lemon-Butter and Capers ($36.50), Shrimp Lyonnaise with Wild Rice Blend ($36.50) , Tenderloin of Beef Savoy ($36.50), and Veal Scalloppini with Mushroom and Cognac Sauce ($36.50). The following is served with appetizer, cup of soup and house salad, fresh vegetables and dessert: Trilogy of Lobster Tail with Lemon Butter, Rack of Lamb Provençal and Tenderloin of Beef with Rossini Sauce ($49.50). Children’s menu available.

Frederick’s Restaurant, 7701 Broadway, (210) 828-9050; Frederick’s Bistro,  14439 N.W. Military Highway, (210) 888-1500 — Call for hours. Soups include Beef Barley & Vegetables ($6) and Cold Cucumber, Smoked Salmon & Dill ($7). Appetizers include Assorted Pate Plate ($8), Shrimp Cocktail & Jumbo Crab Meat & Cocktail Sauce ($11), Baked Oysters Casino ($9), Baked Brie & Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry ($9), Spring Rolls served in a Lettuce cup with Fresh Mint & Cilantro ($10), Crab Cake served with Mixed Greens & Tartar Sauce ($11); and Frivolites Of Smoked Smoke Salmon & Salmon Roe ($10). Salads: Roquefort & Walnut Salad ($8), Caesar Salad, ($8), Tomato & Cucumber Salad ($9), Frederick’s Salad with Mixed Green, Fresh Corn, Black Beans & Artichoke Heart ($9). Main courses: Lobster & Lump Crabmeat with Asparagus & Grand Marnier Dressing ($35), Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout with Avocado Relish ($18), Fresh Baked Norwegian Salmon Dijonnaise ($19), Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic & Fresh Thyme Sauce ($21), Beef Filet Mignon with Jumbo Shrimp & Béarnaise Sauce ($31), Grilled Chicken Breast with Sun-dried Tomato & Artichoke Hearts ($17), Eggs Norfolk w/ Smoked Salmon & Crabmeat ($18), and Shrimp with Tomato & Garlic Sauce ($18). The children’s menu: Chicken Breast with Fries ($13) and Grilled Salmon and Fries ($14).

The Grill at Leon Springs, 24116 I-1o W., (210) 698-8797 — The Easter brunch buffet will include 18 assorted salads, waffle station, omelet station, meat-carving station and three main courses. The price is $25.95 for adults or $32.95 with mimosas added; or $11.95 for kids under 12.

Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., (210) 224-3357 — There will be three seatings for the annual Easter brunch and petting zoo: 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a brunch buffet and Champagne as well as Easter baskets for each table, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, a live piano player and complimentary valet parking. The petting zoo will include rabbits, chickens, sheep, a miniature goat and a potbelly pig. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $30.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children 6-10.

Hyatt Hill Country Resort, 9800 Hyatt Resort Drive, (210) 1234 — Easter brunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For breakfast lovers, there will be pancakes, muffins and croissants, eggs benedict with shaved ham, an omelet bar to include a selection of seasonal ingredients. At the artisan bread, cheese & fruit kiosk: freshly baked rustic hearth breads, tapenade and bread dips, handcrafted cheeses with dried fruit and nuts, and seasonal fruit offerings. Salads and seafood options include local and seasonally inspired salads, hand-shucked oysters, chilled shrimp, smoked gulf mussels, oak-smoked salmon, rémoulade, jalapeño mignonette and plum tomato cocktail sauce, and smoked salmon with bagels, chopped egg, red onion, capers and cream cheeses. The carving station will have slow-roasted beef steamship au jus, sea salt enhancements and creamy horseradish, maple-glazed ham and cumin-crusted turkey. Entrées and sides: Pan-roasted “catch of the day” with three bean stew and poblano tomatillo sauce, mesquite charred chicken with sweet pepper marmalade, griddled new potatoes with fresh herbs, pecan smoked sausage, spring vegetables as well as a chef-attended pasta bar. Desserts: chocolate brownie cobbler, mousses, ice cream sundae bar, cakes, pies, tortes and pastries, and crème brûlée. Prices: Adults – $49.95; Seniors – $39.95; Children – $23; and children under four. There will be a children’s buffet.

Las Canarias at La Mansion del Rio, 112 College St., (210) 518-1063 – There are extended hours for the Champagne Brunch: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the brunch is $69.95 per person and $34.95 for children ages 6-12 years. The regular à la carte dining at Las Canarias will resume at 5:30 p.m.

The Lion and Rose, various locations — The brunch will include such options as Eggs Benedict, Irish Hash and Eggs, Wimbledon French Toast, a Breakfast Burger and more. The Westlakes location will feature bagpipe players at 1 p.m.

Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, 11255 Huebner Road, (210) 561-9700 — Easter lunch will be from noon to 4 p.m. The three-course special includes choice of Zuppa di Aragosta (Lobster Bisque), Caesar Salad or Caprese with tomato slices and fresh mozzarella to start. Second course choices: Agnello Scottadito (Parsley and Garlic Brined Australian Lamb Chops) or Pesce alla Luce (Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto) Dessert: Spumoni, Crème Brûlée or Chocolate Lava Torta with Vanilla Gelato. Cost: $29.95. An a la carte menu also available.

Lüke, 125 E. Houston St., (210) 227-5853:  Easter hours are 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Celebrate with our Sunday jazz brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Brunch menu specialties include fried shoulder pork chop on biscuit, pork grillades, a crabmeat and avocado omelet and fried Texas quail and waffles. Visit lukesanantonio.com for more information.

Max’s Wine Dive, 340 East Basse Rd., Suite 101, 210-444-9547: All Easter weekend: Giant Pecan Praline Cinnamon Rolls,$6; Classic Style House Mustard and Chive Deviled Eggs, $4; Asparagus, Pancetta, and Cheddar Quiche,$9; Guajillo-Rubbed Grilled Ham Steak with two Fried Farm Eggs, Caramelized Pineapple Relish, Maple Lacquered Yams, $19.

Mike’s in the Village, 2355-3 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, (830) 438-2747 — Easter brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an omelet station offering everything from bacon to crawfish etouffée for your eggs. Buffet items and carved-to-order items include prime rib, broiled salmon, French toast and gumbo. Sides include roasted new potatoes, grilled asparagus, assorted fruit and a salad bar. Desserts: Bread pudding with cinnamon rum sauce and strawberry shortcake with black pepper-Balsamic syrup. The cost is $39.95 for adults or $15 for children under 10.

Morton’s the Steakhouse, 849 E. Commerce St., (210) 228-0700 — The Easter dinner special is a three-course meal consisting of a choice of Lobster Bisque, Ahi Tuna Tower, Jumbo Shrimp Alexander, Caesar Salad, Morton’s Salad or Chopped Spinach Salad, followed by a choice of 6-ounce Center-Cut Filet Mignon served with Steamed Asparagus Spears; Honey-Chili Glazed Salmon Fillet with Vegetable Relish; or Chicken Bianco with Artichokes, Capers & White Wine Sauce. Dessert choices: Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, Double Chocolate Mousse or Individual Souffle. Cost: $59 a person.

Myron’s Prime Steakhouse, 10003 N.W. Military Hwy., (210) 493-3031 — Holiday hours begin at 11 a.m. and continue into the evening. The regular menu will be offered. Seating is limited.

Oro at the Emily Morgan, 705 E. Houston St., (210) 225-5100 — Easter brunch will be served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The brunch buffet includes omelets made to order,Texas Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Spiced Maple Syrup, Applewood Smoked Bacon and Sausages, Home Style Potatoes with Garlic Sea Salt, Fresno Pepper and Aged Cheddar Biscuits and Cracked Pepper Gravy. Chilled items: Seasonal Fruit and Berries, Mixed Lettuces with Roasted Tomatoes and Local Goat Cheese, Blanched Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan, Bacon Aioli,  Grilled Baby Portabello, Spring Tomato and Aged Balsamic. Warm items: Truffled Garlic Yukon Gold Potato Puree, Garden Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms with Pickled Onions, Sautéed Texas Squash and Zucchini with Roasted Tomato, Dried Cranberry and Apricot Studded Wild Rice. Main items: Achiote Honey Rubbed Pit-Style Ham with a Cinnamon Walnut Sauce, Hickory Smoked Prime Rib with Natural Jus and Horseradish Crema, Herb Seared Scottish Salmon with a Gorgonzola Cilantro Cream, and Coriander Mustard Smeared Pork Loin With A Grilled Apple and Garlic Veal Sauce. Sweets: Pumpkin Pie, Assorted Cookies and Blondies, Lemon Ice Box Cake and Strawberry Shortcake. Complimentary valet parking. Prices:  $39.95 for adults, $19.95 for children.

Ostra at the Mokara, 212 W. Crockett St., (210) 396-5817 – The regular à la carte menu will be available during breakfast and lunch hours, with featured Easter Sunday specials during dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Q on the Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St., 210-362-6325: Easter Brunch, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Adults: $42 per person; Children: ages 0-3 Free; ages 4-12 $21 pp. Menu: Antipasto and cheese display of domestic and international cheese; cured meats and grilled vegetables. Salad bar: Hearts of Romaine, Baby Spinach, mesclun greens, house blend, tomato, bacon bits, hearts of palm, croutons, Parmesan cheese, green onions with House dressing, ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Also, Cucumber Salad; Red Onion and Heirloom Tomato Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette; Roasted Fennel, Red Peppers, and Texas Orange Segments; Grilled Artichokes, Roasted Red Pepper, and Tomato Salad Topped with Feta Cheese. Roasted and Hand-Carved Meats: Roasted Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Sweet Lemon Preserves, and Mint Tzatziki; Texan Wild Boar Ham with Whole Grain Mustard, Cherry and Pineapple Marmalade. Entrees: Ancho Chili Mustard Crusted Red Fish with Tomatillo Salsa; Corn Bread Muffins Topped with Chorizo and Eggs and a Chipotle Hollandaise Sauce; Pancakes with Blackberry Raspberry Compote and Bourbon Orange Compote. Custom omelet stations and fresh egg dishes. Traditional Holiday Sides: Bacon and Sausage; Three Cheese Mac n’ Cheese; Breakfast Potatoes. Traditional Bread Table: Blueberry Muffins, Banana Nut Muffins, Muesli Bread, French Baguettes, Croissants, Ciabatta. Dessert buffet: Mini Cookies, Napoleons, Mini Mousse Shooters, Coconut Mini Flan, Crème Brulee, Pot De Crème, Opera Cake, Pear Tart, Fruit Tart, Mini Cheesecake, Mini Strudel’s & Macaroons. www.qriverwalk.com

Roaring Fork, 1806 N. Loop 1604 W., (210) 479-9700 — The Easter Brunch from executive chef Matt Inouye will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The specialty a la carte menu features a selection of breakfast items, signature side dishes, hearty entrees and tasty desserts. Menu items include: Chicken and Waffles; Pancakes in Pulled Pork; Fresh Baked Warm Cinnamon Rolls; Breakfast Flatbread with Fried Eggs, Elgin Sausage and Bacon; Cast Iron Skillet of Green Chile Pork with Oven Roasted Sunny Side Up Eggs; Chicken Enchiladas and Eggs with Black Beans; Carnitas Benedict with Poached Eggs, cornbread and Chipotle Hollandaise; Elgin Sausage Migas with White Cheddar and warm buttered tortillas; and the  full menu and regular brunch menu. Mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails will be priced at $5.00 each. Cost for the brunch is $29 per person.  www.roaringfork.com

Tre Trattoria, 4003 Broadway, (210) 805-0333 — Easter hours for the four-course brunch are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with a Pomegranate, Pineapple Juice, Vodka Martini Topped with Ruffino Prosecco ($10). The meal begins with a choice of Slow Roasted Caprese; Simple Mixed Field Salad with Shaved Fennel, Cherry Tomato and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Smoked Paprika Crema and Basil; or Toasted English Muffin with Italian Sausage, Organic Fried Egg and San Marzano Jam. Second Course choice: House Made Tagliatelli with Oyster Mushrooms and Thyme; Spinach and Bacon Frittata with Calabrese Salsa and Roasted Squash Escabeche; Crispy Skin Rainbow Trout with Brussel Sprout Hash and Salsa Verde; and Duck Confit Leg with Polenta Waffle Maple Agrodolce and Aruglula. After a Cheese plate served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella X 3, Local Strawberry and Mint Parfait, or Olive Oil cake with House Made Apple Sauce. Cost is $37.95 for adults or $11 for the children’s menu. An 18 percent tip will be added to all checks.

Tre Trattoria at the Fairmount, 401 S. Alamo St.,  (210) 223-0401 — A four-course Easter brunch is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Start with your choice of the following appetizers: Slow Roasted Caprese with Mozzarella and Basil; Mixed Field Greens with Shaved Fennel, Grape Tomatoes, Red Wine Vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Bisque with Celery Heart and Parsley Salad; and Toasted English Muffin with House Made Italian Sausage, Fried Egg, San Marzano Jam. Entrée choices: Tagliatelle, Thyme and Wild Mushrooms; Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Bananas, Nutella Chantilly; Grilled Tuscan Ribeye with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Charred Green Beans, Tarragon Butter ($12 beef supplement); Pan Roasted Salmon with, English Peas, House Made Ricotta Cheese, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Roasted Spring Onions; and Crispy Duck Confit, Polenta Waffles, Baby Arugula, Maple Agrodolce. After a cheese course (served family style, enjoy your choice of Nutella x 3 or Strawberry and Mint Parfait. The cost for the four-course meal is $39.95 a person. The regular menu will be served after 4 p.m.

Two Step Restaurant and Cantina, 9840 W. Loop 1604 N.,(210) 688-2686 — The Easter Bunny will put in an appearance during brunch. In addition to the regular menu, there will be a Scotch egg special for $6.95 on both Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Westin La Cantera, The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort, 16641 La Cantera Parkway, in the San Antonio Grand Ballroom 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For reservations call 210-558-2439. The annual Grand Ballroom brunch this holiday features a variety of seasonal specialties and traditional fare. Our buffet features cuisines sure to please any palate, including carving stations, fresh seafood, local favorites and a chocolate fountain with decadent dessert display. Everyone in the family is sure to enjoy live music, children’s activities and more. Adults, $52 pp;  Child $25 (6-12), Senior $40. Children 5 and under are free.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Suite 25100, will open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday. The Easter Bunny will have treats for children and pose for complimentary photos until 3p.m. Z’Tejas’ new brunch menu, which features a jalapeño bacon stuffed relleno served with scrambled eggs and a chorizo pork scramble skillet will be available from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. To receive a special 20 percent off discount for Easter dinner, follow Z’Tejas on Facebook at facebook.com/ZTejasLaCantera or on Twitter at @ZTejas. For reservations, call 210-690-3334.

John Griffin contributed to this report.

Restaurateurs, if you want to be included in our lists, email walker@savorsa.com or griffin@savorsa.com.

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Beer of the Week: Belhaven Scottish Ale


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

Belhaven Scottish Ale

It’s amazing that the people of Scotland can be known for producing both the magnificent complexity of finely aged Scotch and the bizarre oddity that is haggis, a mash of sheep’s organs (heart, liver and lungs) with oatmeal, suet and seasonings.

Thankfully, the Scottish brew Belhaven is more like the former than the latter. This is one beautiful brew, marked by its rusty appearance, with flashes of red and copper. When you pour it, the off-white head climbs fairly high but dissipates relatively quickly to a nice lace.

A nutty aroma with the sweet pull of toffee greets your nose with subtle notes of malt, yeast and even coffee rounding out the edges.

Pleasant, yes, but not as enjoyable as the flavor. Malt and coffee mingle more forceful on the palate than in the bouquet, with hops and caramel offering a delicious balancing act of bitter and sweet.The finish is dry and delicious, making this eminently quaffable. So, have another print and enjoy responsibly.

It’s fairly easy to pair this ale with food. Think of anything with beef and you should be happy. At the Lion and Rose, that could be one of the steaks or the Sidekick Burgers, sliders worth sharing with friends as a meaty snack. Shepherd’s Pie, with its dense potato topping covering slow-cooked beef, or even a pasty, a kind of British empanada with ground beef, potato, onion and more in pastry and crowned in onion gravy.

It might even go well with haggis, but, thankfully, that’s not on the menu at the Lion and Rose.

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Beer of the Week: Stella Artois


 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Stella Artois

This lager is probably Belgium’s most famous beer. Not necessarily the best, mind you, but certainly the most popular.

Popularity is, after all, determined by those qualities that are most desired and yet can also appeal to the public at large. So, don’t expect Stella Artois (pronounced R-twah) to provide the same complexity you’ll find in the Chimay brews or an Orval. But do expect a finely crafted beer that’s great for quaffing on a hot day.

In other words, grab a six-pack of this if you’ve got to mow the lawn and put in any spring flowers this weekend. You’ll be able to reward yourself for a job well done. And if it rains, you can still reward yourself for your good intentions.

What you’ll notice first when you start pouring the beer is a gorgeous golden color that shows off the wheat to good effect. The head builds nicely but soon dissipates to little lacing around the edge.

The brewery suggests you pour it into a chalice, and it even offers deals on its website where you can get your own engraved chalice to drink it from. Click here to learn more.

The nose is filled with wheat and a slight skunky quality that’s not off-putting, just somewhat odd.

The taste is what makes the beer so popular. It’s pleasant, with a refreshing lightness and clean feeling that has a touch of wheat and an even lighter note of hoppiness. The finish is dry and a touch bitter, in the best way possible.

This is lager at its most essential. It tastes like beer, like what you think of when you think of beer, like beer on a Platonic level.

So, don’t think. Drink.

That’s what people love about Stella Artois and it’s what will have you wanting more.

It’s perfect with a great deal of flavors, so you can have with whatever you have a hankering for. At the Lion and Rose, you could start with spicy Hackney Hot Wings or go with something as comforting and earthy as Holloway Road Hummus. Then move on to a Lion and Rose Garden Salad with cheddar, bacon and egg or Fin, Feather and Shell, a fried plate of fish, chicken and shrimp.

You might want to finish the Artois before dessert, because its bitterness will fight sweets. Or you could have another instead of dessert.

 

 

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